performance-enhancing drugs

Testing The Limits

Why the Science Behind Athletic Performance Enhancement Remains So Controversial

Some pioneering researchers and athletes are working to increase human performance and longevity, but many remain skeptical of their methods.
Oliver Lee Bateman

Manny Ramirez, Steroids, and Having It Both Ways in the Hall of Fame

The question of how to handle known steroid users in Hall of Fame voting is a thorny one, but many voters have settled on a chronological distinction. It doesn't hold up.
Nathaniel Rakich

Putin Is Using Paralympics Ban for Propaganda, But Is He Also Right?

Russian President Vladimir Putin has slammed the IPC's ruling as "outside the bounds of law, morality and humanity."
Josephine Huetlin

The Rise and Fall of Gerd Bonk, the World Champion of Doping

East German weightlifter Gerd Bonk took the highest documented quantity of anabolic steroids in his quest for a gold medal. He was a victim of the greatest, widest reaching, and most sociopathic scandal in sports history.
Brian Blickenstaff

The Mountain (Running) Men in the Grassroots Fight Against Doping

Mountain, ultra, and trail running is a niche but growing sport. Now some of its most prominent athletes want to stop the rise of doping before it takes root.
Katie Matlack
war on doping

Drinking, Doping, and the Cannabis Olympics: Another VICE Sports Q&A with Sports Historian David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt, author of 'The Games: A Global History of the Olympics,' talks about the storied history of cheating and doing drugs at the Olympic Games, and whether WADA has changed anything at all.
Aaron Gordon

The Drugs Won: The Case for Ending the Sports War on Doping

The fight against performance-enhancing drugs has long been framed as a moral crusade. But some heretics like retired investigator Don Catlin and former USATF exec Doug Logan now contend that the battle is a quagmire, and doing more harm than good.
Patrick Hruby

NFL Determines Peyton Manning Did Not Use HGH or Any Other PEDs

The NFL "found no credible evidence" of Manning using HGH or any other PEDs.
Liam Daniel Pierce

Former Minor Leaguer To Sue MLB, Manfred, Selig for Misconduct During Biogenesis Investigation

Neiman Nix, a former minor leaguer, said MLB's actions during its Biogenesis investigation ruined his anti-aging clinic.
Mike Vorkunov

Recovering Ballplayer Vol. 8: Performance Enhancing Drugs and the Secrets We Keep

Sometimes positive drug tests can threaten baseball's self-image. Nobody has a better view of PED use than the teammates of players who are using.
Fernando Perez

Marlins Second Baseman Dee Gordon Suspended 80 Games for PED "Stack"

Don't do drugs, kids.
Liam Daniel Pierce

Are You a Cheater If You're Using Smart Drugs to Get Ahead?

Universities and other organizations are now considering the ethics of using nootropics and other "smart drugs."
Matt Tinoco